Numerous variations of the staff pose can be found in our advanced training syllabus. These amazing stretches open both the outer hips and inner thighs and make poses like eka pada sirsasana, (foot behind the head) infinitely easier to accomplish. The extreme external rotation of the leg found in this pose will also create the requisite flexibility to flip the legs into lotus without using using your hands.
August 16, 2012
August 10, 2012
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“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable.You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”
August 9, 2012
You may have gathered from my last post just how seriously I take my Savasana….and if you did not..well, I do!
So, with that in mind I put together a short playlist of the best 5 songs you will ever hear in Savasana. Period.
Listen to these songs and try not to get blissed out…
I dare you!
It really is impossible!
So there you have it! Enjoy! Feel free to drop me a line when you reach new heights of enlightenment, or just levitate over to my neck of the woods and tell me in person!
1. Waters of Life / Sacral Jonathan Goldman
2. Storm of Prayers Craig Kohland & Shaman’s Dream
3. Puja Krishna Das & Baird Hersey & Prana
4. Om Prana Rara Avis
- 5 Tips For Having the Best Savasana Ever! (kukhahnyoga.com)
August 8, 2012
How to make your next savasana the best five minutes of your life…
You know that excited feeling you get before your first “real date” with you new snookums? Well, I get that feeling when I’m about to take Savasana. Yep, I’m weird. Or maybe, I’m enlightened. Let’s hope it’s the latter.
Either way here are my top five tips for dropping into bliss and having the bestest savasana ever.
1. Don’t know what to do with your feet? No need to stress, this isn’t dancing with the stars and I’m not going to try to teach you the fox trot!
Alright, now just take your feet about as wide as the mat and let them roll out naturally. Here is a tip: Your toes will point out to the sides.
2. Lift your buns and lengthen your tailbone away from your lower back and towards your heels. This is not JUST for those sporting a badonkadonk, but J. Lo if you’re reading this, listen up, because this one is for you girl!
This amazing little adjustment will eliminate any “crunchy” feeling in the lower back. The term “crunchy” is only cute when it’s used to describe peanut butter,…(and even then it’s questionable), try to keep your savasana ”crunch-free!”
3. Pickup your shoulders and move them down away from your ears. Use the “stickiness” of your sticky mat to hold your shoulders down. Much like a fly caught on some sticky fly paper your shoulders will be stuck down there away from your ears and no longer able to bother you. Brilliant! (Don’t get your panties in a bunch over the flypaper analogy, no flys were hurt in the making of this blog post and bunched panties do not a comfortable savasana make.)
5. Relax the skin between your eyebrows. Most of us have jam-packed lives that have us running around feeling like red bull fueled spider monkeys, but it’s time to make sweet savasana! Power down the noggin’ and smooth the eyebrow wrinkle. THE BIG BOSS wrinkle that looks like the number 11 between your two eyebrows. Imagine the teacher has her thumbs on each of your eyebrows and is pulling them away from one another gently. Aaaahhhh. Feels better already, right?
Now drift away to your happy place. It’s okay if your “happy place” consists of Johhny Depp bringing you cupcakes for lunch while your boss keeps you cool by fanning you with a palm frond. I won’t judge you. Nobody will. That’s why savasana is so freakin’ awesome! Not to mention I’ve rested better in those five blissful minutes than a full eight hours on my fancy-pants-egyptian cotton sheets!!!
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August 6, 2012
The Buddha Bar Blue Tribe
Overcome (Accapella Mix) Tricky
Come Home Little Dragon
Keep It Rollin Y LUV
This world Selah Sue
Raggamuffin Selah Sue
Dreams of Fish and Waterfalls Oliver Tank
Desperately Faithless Blue Metheny
Enigmatic Encounter ATB & Enigma
Lonely Boy The Black Keys
There’s Something Wrong Brad Sucks
True Affection The Blow
Timshel (Zoo Session) Mumford & Sons
Om Prana Rara Avis
July 23, 2012
Need a little extra inspiration to unroll your yoga mat?
Look no further!
- Your Hands In Handstand: 7 Easy Tips For Better Handstands! (kukhahnyoga.com)
- An Open Letter to the Yoga Alliance. (elephantjournal.com)
- Is it Chaturanga that makes Led Primary so daunting? (theconfluencecountdown.com)
May 30, 2012
When it comes to handstand there is no better place to start than your hands!
Sure, it seems pretty obvious. However the hands are sometimes an afterthought for students whose minds are preoccupied with trying to get their bottom to float above their head.
For the frequent flyer however (see inspiring photo to your left of my teacher Krista Cahill by the incredible photographer Jasper Johal) the hands and wrists always come first when attempting handstand!
Like anything, it’s best to start at the bottom and work up. In this case the foundation is your hands and like any good foundation it must be laid properly.
The worst possible news for a house is having cracks in its foundation and the worst news for a handstand are poorly positioned hands. (A close second is a poorly positioned attitude, actually a bad attitude is worse…but I digress)
At any rate you are headed for trouble fast if you don’t get your digits and palms properly set up, so listen close future flyers!
- Place your hands shoulders width apart with your hands slightly turned out.
- Spread your fingers wide apart. Reach the fingers forward and apart to spread the weight evenly. Uneven weight causes problems for the wrist. Your fingers should spread evenly away from the palm like the spokes on a wagon wheel.
- Pay special attention to your index finger and thumb rooting down into the mat.
- Then with your hands firmly planted on your sticky mat try to squeeze them towards one another like you are trying to wrinkle your mat between your hands. The mat will not actually wrinkle but this action engages the muscles of the hands, forearms and biceps creating stability.
- Push into your hands! Trust that they will hold the weight of your body. (Be mindful however not to push out of your shoulders, keep your collarbones wide and your shoulder blades firmly planted on your upper back! More about that later)
- Do not let the wrists lift! As you jump from the back of the mat it’s tough not to let the wrists lift, but do your best. I took a workshop with master ashtangi David Swenson and he kept saying over and over again to “put the weight in your hands”. This is key! Imagine your hands are cemented to the floor, make them super heavy as you practice jumping into handstand!
- Grip with your fingertips. Think of them as your emergency brakes. These little guys will help you not to “Go flying over the handlebars” as my teacher Brock Cahill likes to say. (Your primary brakes are your core and serratus anterior muscle. Secondary are your forearms and fingertips.)
Happy Handstanding Yogis!
- Dolphin Pose Variation – The Dynamic Duo External Rotation and Strong Forearms! (kukhahnyoga.com)
- Breathe Into The Fear (theviewfrommymat.com)
May 18, 2012
Angela Kukhahn and Aimee Donahue’s Ojai Yoga Retreat July 20th-22nd 2012
Thanks for your interest in joining Aimee Donahue and Angela Kukhahn (Friday) July 20th-22nd (Sunday) for a memorable 2 nights and 3 days in Ojai at a stunningly beautiful, 52-acre Eco Sanctuary. The main house, an architecturally significant Craftsman Style property, is picturesque, comfortable and relaxing. The land overlooks Ojai and features mango, lemon and orange trees, a big ceremonial fire circle, hiking trails, a large oval pool and a Jacuzzi. The large free-standing yoga studio features huge east-facing picture windows with a breathtaking view and a dark wood floor.
There will be a yoga class on Friday, 2 classes on Saturday and a final class on Sunday morning. Each class will be two hours. Delicious vegetarian food is provided at all meals and there will be plenty of time to hike, swim, read or just plain relax.
Please see below for the inclusive prices based on your room choice. Cost per person includes lodging for 3 days and 2 nights, all meals, all classes and events. All lodging is first come first served. Single spaces are available for an additional fee. There is a variety of accommodations and the retreat fee is based, in part, on the type of accommodation that you pick.
A non-refundable $200 deposit will hold your space and can be paid via PayPal by clicking HERE. All Major credit cards accepted.To reserve your room please email Jamie at email@example.com
or call her at (661) 713-2619.
The retreat center can accommodate 20 people in the main house and 22 people in the yurts, tea houses and cottage on the estate. All pricing listed below is per person. here is a description of the accommodations:
Please Note: Early Prices = Before 5/31/2012 Late Prices = After 5/31/2012
Yurts – dorm-style accommodation with a shared bath
* Vista Yurt – sleeps 4
* Yoga/Amrita Yurt – sleeps 8
Early $595 Late $610
Tea Houses – enclosed outdoor sleeping space built on stilts with use of bathroom in main house, amazing morning view, privacy and electricity
* Orange Zen Tea House – 2 single beds
* Mango Zen Tea House – 2 single beds
* Stage Tea House – 2 single beds
Early $675 Late $695
* Oak Tea House – Queen and one single bed (suitable for a couple or three friends – $25 off on the third person)
Early $645 Late $665
* Apiary Studio – Private Shower
One King bed and One Single (Sleeps 2 or 3)
Early $755 Late $775
* Artist’s Studio - Private Bathroom
One King Bed, sleeps 2 (secluded and private)
Early $755 Late $775
Main House Rooms and Sleeping Porches
* The Kinder Room - upstairs, sleeps 3
Early $705 Late $725
* Sleeping Porch off Kinder Room – 2 beds
Early $655 Late $670
* State Room – first floor, private bath. 3 single beds
Early $705 Late $725
* Chumash Room – first floor, shared bath. 3 single beds
Early $735 Late $755
* Sleeping Porch off Chumash Room. 2 beds
Early $655 Late $670
* Alaya Room – upstairs, shared bath. 3 beds
Early $735 Late $755
* Alaya Sleeping Porch – shared bath. 2 beds
Early $655 Late $670
* Anahata Room – first floor, private bath. One queen bed.
Early $760 Late $780
We look forward to seeing you there!
Angela & Aimee’
- A Delicious Pack of Weirdos: Connecting at a Yoga Retreat in Ojai. (elephantjournal.com)
- The Southbay Rocks! Operation Shanti 2012 (kukhahnyoga.com)
- Yogis Connecting at the 2011 International Ojai Yoga Crib (prweb.com)
May 18, 2012
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
The Pre-Inversion Warmup
- Hamstrings - Uttanasana, Down Dog, Half-Splits,Supta Pangushtasna, Prasarita Padottanasana (with a block squeezed between the bent elbows), Prasarita Padottanasana C (wide leg forward fold with hands interlaced behind back)
- Hips - Low Lunge, Half-Hero Pose, Sitting Virasana or Supta Virasana, Sukashana
- Shoulders - Gomukashana, Reverse Namaste, Garudasana
- Upper back - Dolphin, Dolphin at the wall, Shoulder opener at wall,
- Chest - Cobra Pose, Cobra pose variation clasping hands behind back, Forward fold w/hands interlaced behind back.
- Core - Navasana, Ardha Navasana, Stretch Pose, Forearm Plank, Side Plank
April 5, 2012
Learn how to externally rotate your arms and strengthen your forearms in this amazing dolphin pose variation by Jill Miller.
The Serratus is a badass muscle that lives underneath you underarm and wraps your front body to your back body. Hiding from plain view like a ninja shrouded by darkness this muscle doesn’t get noticed.
Until now…(cue dramatic music…)
To my delight this variation on dolphin pose addresses both of those issues!
On top of all that it also feels delicious in its ability to solidify the shoulders onto the upper back. It feels sturdy. Always a good thing when you plan to balance upon them.
Dolphin Pose with Palms Facing Up
a) Rest forearms on a yoga mat, and place a yoga block in between the wrists along the pinky side of hands.
b) Pike the hips upwards, forming an upside down “V” shape with the body (bend the knees if the hamstrings are very tight).
c) Attempt to press the thumb side of the hand into the floor, and feel the traction and stretch deeply within the muscles of the forearms as the spine extends away from the rooted forearms.
(Item D is my addition to Jill’s amazing instruction)
d) Prepare for world domination now that you have the mighty Serratus holding your shoulders on your upper back like superman’s cape!